Out in the Oil Fields, The Recently Launched Catch-It™ is Catching On!

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Pumpers, transporters, and others who have been using the Catch-It™, a recently launched safety product that helps protect workers from dangerously slippery oil surfaces, are thrilled with its results.

The Catch-It™ is winning great accolades among a wide variety of oil field workers and stakeholders. The brainchild of Richard and Christa Kofford (R&C Products, LLC), the Catch-It™ is a unique protective tool that addresses the problem of oil that drips from the tape gauge after the oil gauger has completed his/her monitoring work up at the top of the tank. Not only does the product help protect oil field workers but it helps protect various stakeholders from increasingly aggressive government agencies such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not to mention potential employee lawsuits and other financial and legal vulnerabilities.

Since launching the product earlier this year, R&C Products has allowed a number of oil field operators and companies to use the product. The feedback has been tremendous:

Lloyd Dean, President of crude oil transportation company Basin Western, observed that, before using the Catch-It™, “the plumb bob at the end of the tape is removed from the tank. The drips of oil, over time, creates a mess on top of the tank as well as on the cat walk leading up to it.” Dean continued, “The Catch-It™, designed by Richard and Christa Kofford, entirely eliminates that problem. The gauger pulls the tape from the tank and sets it in the Catch-It™ which, as the name implies, catches all the oil that drips from the plumb bob.”

Longtime oil pumper John Wilson had similarly effusive praise for the safety-enhancing (and government fine-avoiding) innovation: “I was recently introduced to the Catch-It™. It’s a convenient tool to use while gauging tanks. Instead of trying to contain drips from my tape gauge using rags I just place my tape gauge in the Catch-It.” Wilson noticed several significant benefits from the device: “I use far fewer rags than I have in the past”, Wilson exclaimed, “that’s a significant savings over time.” As well, he noted that “my walkways are clear of oil and my clothes and truck stay cleaner too.” In fact, Mr. Wilson is enjoying so many significant benefits from the innovation that he “wouldn’t want to gauge tanks without it again.”

Presently, R&C Products is communicating with various regulatory and industry stakeholders about the public health and environmental benefits of this breakthrough innovation. If you or your organization would like to reach out to the Koffords, you may reach them through their website, CatchItSafety.com (http://www.catchitsafety.com). As well, through that site, you can gain access to additional Catch-It™ materials – including photos and a brief demonstration video.

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